One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘The manager - only the fifth they have had in the last 31 years - politely accepts calls at the arranged time, and has none of the disciplinarian gruffness, egotism, or eccentricity which usually characterises successful bosses.’
- ‘Ripely fruitful, earthy nose with a hint of mineral salts leads to a delightful taste tug of war between sweet fruit and warm, earthy gruffness that keeps your interest and makes this the perfect wine for dinner.’
- ‘His outward gruffness concealed his innate shyness.’
- ‘Dealing with athletes all his life has equipped him with a coach's gruffness.’
- ‘They protect themselves with gruffness or acerbic wit.’
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